Lehi teaches his son, Jacob, about the power of God’s law to create meaning through consequence and how all things witness there is a God.
“…If ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away.” (2 Nephi 2:13)
-Do you believe sin is real?
–How meaningful would life be without consequences?
-Do the most lasting consequences occur in this life? Or, do they occur when each individual is brought back to God’s presence to be judged?
-How is righteousness tied to happiness?
Teachings of Latter-day Prophets, Seers, and Revelators:
“Happiness comes of righteousness. ‘Wickedness never was happiness.’ (Alma 41:10.) Sin never was happiness. Selfishness never was happiness. Greed never was happiness. Happiness lies in living the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ” (Gordon B. Hinckley, in “Fast-Paced Schedule for the Prophet: Meets with Young Adults, Youth in Three Meetings in Colorado,” Church News, Apr. 20, 1996, 3).